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So I am running SQL 2000 DB, I created some views for the users here and linked those views to access.  This is the scenario:
Open the Access DB already setup and using the views from SQL
File -> Get External Data ->Link Tables (Also tried Import but same thing happens)
I select ODBC Databases from the bottom of the list and poof, the selection window disappears but nothing happens.

Tried a system restore but that's a joke, none of my restore points work
Uninstalled some of the stuff I have installed since this was working last, then uninstalled MS Office and reinstalled everything.
Still nothing.

Running XP pro, MS Office 2003.  The Access DB file is stored on the network.

Thanks in advance for any help/advice
Jack
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Try this:

Right click in any list (Tables, Queries, etc.) and select Link Tables. Scroll down through Files of Type and select ODBC Databases ().
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Also, make sure the ODBC window isn't hidden behind some other open window.
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Same problem, I tried some of the other selctions like Exchange, Paradox etc.. and they seem to work.  Just whenever I try the ODBC nothing happens
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by:Badotz
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If you can, try Excel as well.

Also, verify you can view the ODBC stuff from Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Datasources, and that it is correct. Perhaps try a different machine as well?
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Excel works, I am able to select a sheet and link to it.  Datasources look normal as well.  Just tried a different computer and same thing.
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From within Excel, can you select the ODBC datasource and run a select query against a table?
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Yes I can.  Do you think I should just uninstall Access 2003 and install 2000?  It worked a few days ago under 2003.  I did install other stuff on the computer so I am sure it was because of that, however I did unstall most of what I installed.  Not sure if I got everything tho.
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Hard to say. While this seems to be an ODBC/Access issue, it could be something totally unrelated. Microsoft updates, something you recently installed, etc.

Perhaps create an Access project (.ADP) and see if you can get to your SQL Server DB from there?
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It works when I create the project.  I am going to work this way.  Thank you for all your help!
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No worries - glad to help.
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